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Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

...and we wonder why the sudden uptick in homeless encampments. Here's just one of the answers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/20/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

So the owner of the hotel can't sell it because people live there? Well, is it that entity's obligation to keep things status quo instead of exercising the right of ownership to do with the property as what is most economically viable? Get government and activists out of private property where it doesn't deal with zoning and usage. Have the City buy the property then if they want to continue having it adorn the streets as a flop house. Might as well.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 11/17/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

Our council members often pass feel-good legislation but don't follow through to make it effective. I can't speak to whether they intend these measures to work or just to look like they've accomplished something but in the end, it doesn't matter. Business as usual continues on.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/16/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

this totally sucks, you buy up buildings instead of doing repairs, etc. you sell it out from under people who need to have a roof our their heads. More tent cities anyone.

Posted by Indrai Kai on 11/16/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

Shame on the dysfunctional, probably corrupt, Oakland governance. Rich people should not get to break the law and profit from doing so.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 11/16/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Good the know that the City has a "Code of Conduct" for its employees. But who protects those who do business with the City against arbitrary and harmful behavior by those employees --often driving them out of business? Guess we won't be asking the Auditor to investigate....

Posted by Gay Plair Cobb on 11/16/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

It appears that Roberts is Oakland's version of Harvey Weinstein, or in this case is it Harriet Weinstein?

I find it interesting that city states that they took steps to address the bad behavior of Roberts. I wonder if that included a censure, loss of pay, or suspension from duty for a period of time. Probably not.

I believe the City Council should look into this since it appears that the City Administrator and the director of HR has failed the taxpayers as well as the current and former employees of the Auditor.

Posted by tomroberts on 11/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Oakland tragically missed out on an opportunity to elect a thoughtful, competent and ethical Auditor when voters did not support Len Raphael in favor of Roberts.

I never cease to be amazed at how Oakland's supposedly progressive citizens keep electing the same sort of corrupt and incompetent pols to office.

Oakland is in profound need of leaders with the skills and integrity that are so noticeably missing in too much of what goes on in city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/15/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Non-disclosure agreements should not be allowed for settlements with public officials or agencies that are paid for by the government or public agency. The voters need to know the allegations so they can make their decision of who was right or wrong at the ballot box.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/14/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Honestly, they should have come to San Jose instead of Oakland (or Sacramento.) It would be much better received here for two reasons:

1) The South Bay lacks the culture of NIMBY-ism that Oakland and SF have, but more importantly:

2) SAN JOSE HAS NO GOOD BREWERIES. A Golden Road would be a step up from everything here. (This isn't the case in Oakland, SF, or Sacramento.)

Posted by batmanpopfigure on 11/14/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “A New Richmond Neighborhood

The NRMAC does not reflect or fully represent the entire North Richmond community. There is not a single Latino or Asian person on the NRMAC and their participation and membership has been minimal at best. Annexation is long over due and the former gatekeepers can no longer justify their positions other than to help the transition to the New North Richmond. The modicum of power they obtain from having an advisory position is not worth the community's potential for improvement by being part of the Richmond and not just another Contra Costa County step child.

Posted by Andres Soto on 11/14/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Ernest Montague has no idea what he is speaking of in regards to the chronic mass epizootic die off of sharks, rays, skates and fish in San Francisco Bay area (San Mateo, Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland in particular).

Tide gates and storm water run off (not 'fresh water') are the vectors for this chronic problem and conflict of interests in conservation, research and public awareness.

Lean more, contact Pelagic Shark Research Foundation: mobile 831 600 5214, dispatch 831 459 9346 and/or Email psrf@pelagic.org

I would be happy to discuss this issue with Ernest or anyone else genuinely interested or concerned with the environment and SF Bay wildlife.
Thank you.
Cordially,
Sean
PSRF
Since 1990

Check out our PELAGIC SHARK RESEARCH FOUNDATION Facebook page to view video and photo documentations, interviews and more.
Thanks again, have great Thanksgiving everyone.

p.s. Excellent Report by Eastbay Express !!! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Sean R. van Sommeran on 11/13/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

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Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

Congratulations for hinting that mayor Jean Quan rushed hiring just before her attempt to get re-elected. This was after years during which she let the department shrink, told lies about police salaries, and famously said that 92 percent of all violent crime in Oakland was in eight small neighborhoods ... or 90 percent in 100 city blocks ... or ... while she refused to identify the areas.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/10/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

If you pass judgment on someone without the facts, you're an idiot in general, Mr. Hyatt. Maybe you should actually read the news reports from several years ago. The "idiot cop" responded to a report that a fire station was left open and someone was inside. The "idiot cop" went to the fire station. It was not lit up and there were multiple people inside the dark building. He did his job. He further investigated the potential in progress burglary and ensured that the person inside was actually allowed to be there, despite not being on duty with the fire crew who inadvertently left the door open and requested police services in the first place. He never even "drew his gun," as the firefighter falsely reported.

If I leave my home and forget to close the door, then call the police to lock up for me, I sure hope that anyone found inside will be detained to ensure no foul play, even if it turns out to be just a neighbor securing the place for me.

Watch the video, Mr. Hyatt. Even the firefighter, at the time, said he understood what happened and respected the actions of the police officer. He later decided to file a complaint and call the media before realizing it was all on tape and suddenly, and shamefully, realizing that his narrative was demonstrably false and disappearing.

Who is the idiot now, Mr. Hyatt? Look into it for yourself. Come to an INFORMED conclusion. Rushing to a judgment knowing nothing about it doesn't help anything.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/10/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

If you detain a firefighter AT a fire station, you are an idiot cop.

Posted by Nathan Hyatt on 11/10/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

In some respects, Mr. Morris does raise a valid point. The Oakland Police Department continues to face a number of serious allegations, many of which stem from the shameful actions of some of its newly hired officers who do not deserve to wear the uniform and serve the public. Police officers who engage in sexual conduct with prostitutes disgrace their honorable vocation. However, I think that it would benefit Mr. Morris and the East Bay Express to scrutinize one particular element of this story: "It also included Anthony Martinelli, who pulled a gun on an off-duty Oakland firefighter and his young son while the firefighter was checking the door at one of the stations." Firefighter Jones' claim was demonstrably false, and body camera footage released by the Oakland PD demonstrated that Officer Martinelli's actions were in compliance with police department policy. His actions were also deemed reasonable by a number of independent law enforcement experts. Here is a link that shows the body camera footage so the readers can draw their own conclusions:

http://naev.ortqg.club/Z9EYH72OMMI/Aug_15_OPD_detention_of_firefighter_Keith_Jones_body_camera_footage_Officer_Anthony_Martinelli/video.html

My point is this: There are a number of people who absolutely deserve to have their names dragged through the mud as the Oakland Police Department seeks to rid itself of officers who shame the uniform and vocation. However, let's stop dividing ourselves. Let's avoid inflammatory allegations and false narratives. Instead, let's commit ourselves to a relentless pursuit of truth which will pave the way towards meaningful dialogue that will find resolution to these serious issues. Our legislators and media professionals should lead this effort, and should be held responsible for sticking to the facts so that we can work together towards a solution. I would encourage the East Bay Express to do some fact checking and commit to holding those accountable who have done the public wrong while also avoiding the trap of finger pointing and shaming those who do not deserve it.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/09/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

At some point OPD should be given free reign to do whatever they want, lawful or not. Oh, wait...they already are!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

Yet another top-notch performance by Oakland's ever-competent electeds.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/09/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

DMV is a corporation and when getting your license you sign away your right granted by the constitution for a privilege , giving the police, DMV , & the court system the authority to take away your privilege . Pull you over , arrest and charge you w a crime ,turning into ridiculous tickets and fines, That end up unpaid cause they want more than you pay for rent in most cases. The people are clueless that they have giving their right away and DMV and our government has gotten away w it for so long and made so much money they want to keep the facade going and they will unless we stop them. People need to educate themselves on this matter so we can stop them from destroying peoples lives , I mean when you take a mans/womans vehicle you take their means of getting to and from where they need to go whether it be a doctor , a job , school , everything we do these days requires a vehicle pretty much unless u live , work , shop, and all ur bills and medical care is in the same vicinity, which just isn't the case for anyone. The police are bullies that intimidate , threaten and physically abuse sometimes kill people because our government trains them to do this to their fellow man! Unless you have money and by money I mean middle class upper middle or the elites of our society your screwed all the lower class folks and people struggling to make it by get railroaded and lose their ability to care for themselves let alone a family cause of a constituted right they trick us into signing away for a privilege !

Posted by Justine Simmons on 11/03/2017 at 1:18 PM

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